Google in partnership with Convergence Partners, International Finance Corporation, and Mitsui have committed $100 million to invest in Africa broadband project called CSquared, a wholesale broadband infrastructure company in Africa. The partnership will support the underlying internet infrastructure in Africa which, in turn, opens up new markets for Google’s own online services in Africa.
Government officials in Nigeria have been accused of diverting money, food and relief materials meant for internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the Islamist group Boko Haram. This means that all the donations – especially those made directly to the government – might still not solve the humanitarian crisis in the north-east of the country.
On the 29th of April Sandile Mantsoe is alleged to have killed his 22-year-old girlfriend Karabo Mokoena, before setting alight and dumping her body in a veld in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa. Karabo’s death has sparked a social media outcry with the hashtag #MenAreTrash. The online conversation has given a platform for women to share personal and secondary accounts of emotional, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of men.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (74) recently returned to the U.K. for medical treatment, his fourth visit to the U.K. for treatment since his election in 2015. In the same week Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (93), flew to Singapore for a “routine medical check-up”. Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (74) has reportedly also been undergoing medical treatment in Spain. These cases have stirred debate around medical tourism. Health care systems in many African countries are inadequately funded. There are arguments that our African presidents need to lead by example, and ensure that healthcare systems in their countries improve to match or surpass the foreign countries they so much love to visit.
The embattled South African President Jacob Zuma who has been implicated in a series of corruption scandals, has endorsed ex-wife and former African Union Commission (AU) Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next leader of the ruling party the African National Congress (ANC). The endorsement has been sharply criticized and the battle lines over Zuma’s successor have been clearly drawn.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is not just a writer sparking conversations on feminism and books, she’s also sparked conversations on hair and racism. This time around, we look at Adichie and how she’s using social media. Recently, she started using Instagram to promote Nigerian fashion.
Today is World Telecommunications and Information Society Day. Communication has always been an integral part of our continent. Think talking drums, town criers, drawings in caves across Southern Africa, and the hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians. The emergence of new communication technologies has changed the face of communication in the continent. The theme for 2017 is “Big Data for Big Impact”. How easy or affordable is it to communicate with your loved ones in your country?
Carson Huey-You a 14-year-old boy has become one of the world’s youngest university graduates. He was just 11 when he began studying physics at Texas Christian University, also taking courses in Mathematics and Chinese. Carson is the youngest person to graduate in the University’s 144 year history. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and will return to TCU for his Master’s in Physics.
Femi Kuti was thought to have set a new world record for the longest single note held on a saxophone on 7th May at the New Africa Shrine. Femi’s held a note for 46 minutes 38 seconds. It turns out that the record was in fact broken by Vann Burchfield, a saxophonist in Birmingham standing at 47 minutes and 6 seconds. On finding out he missed out, Femi tweeted: “If this is so, then like I’ve said we will work to achieve the 50min mark. No wahala [no problem]. I believe I’ve still got a bit more energy in my tank.”